Longer nights, shorter days ahead as autumnal equinox occurs

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 23, 2020   •   189

Expect longer nights and shorter days after the occurrence of autumnal equinox last Tuesday night (September 22), according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

An equinox in Latin, means ‘equal night’. PAGASA explained that it is when day and night are of approximately equal duration all over the planet. After the autumnal equinox, the country will experience longer nights and shorter days due to the Sun traversing its shortest path of the year at the time of the winter solstice.

“Philippine nights will be longer as the sun moves below the celestial equator towards the southern hemisphere,” PAGASA said.

PAGASA also clarified that the equinox will not affect the change of temperature in the country. AAC

Signal No.3 remains in some parts of Luzon as Typhoon Quinta batters Mindoro Island

Marje Pelayo   •   October 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines— Typhoon Quinta maintains its strength and is traversing the vicinity of Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro, according to today’s 8:00AM weather bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

On Monday (October 26) morning, Typhoon Quinta is forecast to remain a typhoon as it hovers over Mindoro Island.

After emerging over the West Philippine Sea, this typhoon is seen to re-intensify and may reach its peak intensity within 24 to 48 hours.

Typhoon Quinta is forecast to exit the PAR Tuesday morning (October 27).

As forecast, typhoon Quinta will bring moderate to heavy with at times intense rains over Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, CALABARZON, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, northern Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands, Aklan, Capiz, and Antique. 

The tail-end of a frontal system will likewise bring moderate to heavy rains over Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Norte, and Ilocos Sur. 

The combined effects of these two weather systems will also bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Metro Manila, Zamboanga Peninsula, Bangsamoro, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, and the rest of Luzon and Visayas. 

Residents in affected areas are advised to take measures against flooding including flash floods and landslides that may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) remains hoisted over several parts of the country as follows:

TCWS #3 (Winds of greater than 121 km/h up to 170 km/h may be expected in at least 18 hours.)

  • Luzon
    • The southern portion of Batangas (Lian, Tuy, San Juan, Rosario, Padre Garcia, Lipa City, Cuenca, San Jose, Ibaan, Taysan, Lobo, Batangas City, Mabini, Tingloy, San Pascual, Bauan, Alitagtag, San Luis, Taal, Santa Teresita, Calatagan, Balayan, Calaca, Lemery, Agoncillo, San Nicolas, Mataas Na Kahoy)
    • The northern and central portion of Oriental Mindoro (Oriental Mindoro (Mansalay, Roxas, Bongabong, Bansud, Gloria, Pinamalayan, Pola, Socorro, Victoria, Naujan, Calapan City, Baco, San Teodoro, Puerto Galera)
    • The northern and central portion of Occidental Mindoro (San Jose, Rizal, Calintaan, Sablayan, Santa Cruz, Mamburao, Paluan, Abra de Ilog) including Lubang Island

TCWS #2 (Winds of greater than 61 km/h and up to 120 km/h may be expected in at least 24 hours.)

  • Luzon
    • Quezon
    • Rizal
    • Laguna
    • The rest of Batangas
    • Cavite
    • Metro Manila
    • The southern portion of Bulacan (Norzagaray, Angat, San Rafael, Baliuag, Pulilan, Calumpit, Hagonoy, Paombong, Malolos City, Plaridel, Bustos, San Jose del Monte City, Santa Maria, Pandi, Guiguinto, Balagtas, Bulacan, Bocaue, Meycauayan City, Obando, Marilao)
    • The southern portion of Pampanga (Lubao, Sasmuan, Macabebe, Masantol, Minalin, Apalit)
    • Bataan
    • Marinduque
    • The northern portion of Romblon (Concepcion, Banton, Corcuera, Romblon, San Agustin, Calatrava, San Andres, Odiongan, Santa Maria)
    • The rest of Oriental Mindoro
    • The rest of Occidental Mindoro
    • Calamian Islands
  • Visayas
    • The extreme northern portion of Antique (Caluya)

TCWS #1 (Winds of 30-60 km/h may be expected in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours.)

  • Luzon
    • Camarines Norte
    • The western portion of Camarines Sur (Siruma, Tinambac, Calabanga, Naga City, Pili, Bula, Balatan, Minalabac, Milaor, Bombon, Magarao, Canaman, Camaligan, Gainza, San Fernando, Pasacao, Pamplona, Cabusao, Libmanan, Sipocot, Lupi, Ragay, Del Gallego)
    • Burias Island
    • The rest of Romblon
    • The northern portion of Palawan (El Nido, Taytay) including Cuyo Islands
    • The southern portion of Aurora (Dingalan, San Luis)
    • The southern portion of Nueva Ecija (Gabaldon, Laur, Palayan City, General Tinio, Cabanatuan City, Aliaga, Zaragoza, Jaen, San Antonio, Santa Rosa, Peñaranda, Gapan City, San Leonardo, San Isidro, Cabiao)
    • The southern portion of Tarlac (La Paz, Tarlac City, San Jose, Concepcion, Capas, Bamban)
    • The rest of Bulacan
    • The rest of Pampanga
    • The central and southern portion of Zambales (Iba, Botolan, Cabangan, San Felipe, San Narciso, San Antonio, San Marcelino, Castillejos, Subic, Olongapo City)
  • Visayas
    • Aklan
    • The rest of the northern portion of Antique (Laua-An, Barbaza, Tibiao, Culasi, Sebaste, Pandan, Libertad)

Signal #2 up in 13 areas in Luzon as STS Quinta threatens Bicol Region

Marje Pelayo   •   October 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Severe tropical storm  (STS) Quinta continues to intensify as it increases its threat over Catanduanes-Albay area, according to the latest bulletin issued at 2:00 PM Sunday (October 25) by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

It is expected to make landfall anytime this afternoon or evening over the Catanduanes-Albay area. Afterwards, it will traverse the Southern Luzon area until tomorrow afternoon before it turns west northwestward over the West Philippine Sea. 

It is likely to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) in the afternoon of Tuesday (October 27).

PAGASA does not rule out the possibility of STS Quinta developing into a typhoon prior to its landfall over Bicol Region.

After crossing the Philippine archipelago, this tropical cyclone will continue to intensify over the West Philippine Sea. 

Active Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS):

TCWS#2 (61-120 km/h winds prevailing or expected in 24 hours)


  • Catanduanes
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
  • Albay
  • Sorsogon
  • Masbate including Burias and Ticao Islands
  • The central and southern portions of Quezon (Mauban, Sampaloc, Lucban, Dolores, Candelaria, Tiaong, San Antonio, Sariaya, Tayabas City, Lucena City, Pagbilao, Atimonan, Perez, Alabat, Calauag, Quezon, Tagkawayan, Guinayangan, Lopez, Pitogo, Plaridel, Gumaca, Unisan, Agdangan, Padre Burgos, Macalelon, Catanauan, General Luna, Buenavista, San Narciso, Mulanay, San Andres, San Francisco)
  • The southeastern portion of Laguna (Paete, Kalayaan, Lumban, Cavinti, Luisiana, Majayjay, Liliw, Rizal, Nagcarlan, San Pablo City, Alaminos, Magdalena, Pagsanjan)
  • Batangas
  • Marinduque
  • Romblon
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island


  • Northern Samar

TCWS#1 (30-60 km/h winds prevailing or expected in 36 hours) 


  • The rest of Quezon
  • The rest of Laguna
  • Rizal
  • Cavite
  • Metro Manila
  • Bulacan
  • Pampanga
  • Bataan
  • The southern portion of Zambales (San Marcelino, San Felipe, San Narciso, Castillejos, Subic, San Antonio, Olongapo City, Botolan, Cabangan)
  • Calamian Islands 


  • The northern portion of Samar (Calbayog City, Matuguinao, Tagapul-An, Santo Nino, Almagro, Santa Margarita, Gandara, San Jose de Buan, Pagsanghan, Tarangnan, San Jorge, Catbalogan City, Jiabong, Motiong, Paranas)
  • The northern portion of Eastern Samar (Maslog, Jipapad, Arteche, San Policarpo, Oras, Dolores, Can-Avid, Taft)
  • The northern portion of Capiz (Sapi-An, Ivisan, Roxas City, Panay, Pilar, Pontevedra, President Roxas)
  • Aklan
  • The northern portion of Antique (Caluya, Libertad, Pandan, Sebaste, Culasi)
  • The northeastern portion of Iloilo (Batad, Balasan, Estancia, Carles)

PAGASA warns that stormy conditions will be experienced in areas under TCWS#2 while strong breeze to near gale conditions will be experienced in areas under TCWS#1.

Residents are advised to take precautionary measures against flooding including flash floods, rain-induced landslides, and sediment-laden streamflows which may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards. 

TD Quinta maintains strength while heading toward Bicol region

Maris Federez   •   October 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical Depression (TD) Quinta has maintained its strength while heading West-Northwest toward the Bicol region, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

In its bulletin at 4 PM Saturday (October 24), the state weather bureau said TD Quinta is estimated at 610 kilometers (km) East of Juban, Sorsogon with maximum winds and gusts at 55/70 kilometers per hour (km/h), moving West-Northwest at 20 km/h.

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) number 1 is raised over:

  • Marinduque
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
  • Catanduanes
  • Albay
  • Sorsogon
  • Northern Samar
  • The northern portion of Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands; and
  • The southern portion of Quezon

PAGASA said TCWS #1 may be raised over Metro Manila, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Rizal, Mindoro Provinces, Romblon, and the rest of Quezon in the next bulletin at 11 in the evening on Saturday.

Possible landfall, on the other hand, will be felt over the Bicol Region between Sunday evening & Monday early morning.

The troughs of TD Quinta & Severe Tropical Storm Pepito (with international name Saudel) outside Philippine Area of Responsibility will bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains over MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, the Bangsamoro, Northern Mindanao, Caraga & Quezon from Saturday through Sunday morning.

Moreover, a stationary front associated with the Northeasterly surge will bring moderate to heavy rains over Batanes, Cagayan & the northern portions of Apayao & Ilocos Norte.

The state weather services also said sea travel is risky over areas under TCWS #1 within 36 hours of the first raising of the wind signal, as well as at the northern & western seaboards of Luzon. —/mbmf


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